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post #1 of 9 Old 11-17-2013, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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I have had my vee for about 6 months now an have put over 2000 road miles on it but want to take it off the pavement. I am the only one in my my group of riding buddies with an adventure bike. Anyone have any recommendations on some beginner off payment rides near Monterey, CA or in the area and willing to take a off road noob on a ride?
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Not very familiar with Monterey. I do remember some great (paved) roads in the nearby Santa Cruz mountains and the coast when I lived in San Jose. I'm on the other side of the state now. These bikes are beasts. And they're geared high. Easy to stall when you're putting on the trail, put your foot down and find air. I would stay on hard surfaces, preferably gravel, avoid deep sand, mud. If you find yourself spending all your time in the outback consider something more suitable. Install crash bars!
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There's a recreational park in Hollister that's open to m/c and atv's: Hollister Hills SVRA. It's about an hour from Monterey. Be sure to check the state parks website, they might have some place closer to you.

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I used to live in Monteray but mostly road sportbike on paved roads. I have ridden dirt bike out there but there is some serious sand to deal with, especially from PCH into hwy 101. Between 101 and hwy 5 there is more rocky rugged terrain near the foothills that could be explored. The Hollister recreation area I have not been to but would expect to be more suited to the V-Strom style of bike. I have been off road quite extensively in Ft. Hunter Liggett southwest of King City where you would find some firmer ground and great roads through the foothills.

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Down the coast on Hwy 1 is naciamento furgision, a nice paved road in itself and off that are a slew of dirt roads.

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To echo what trapperdog said, Plaskett road in Big Sur is a good but steep fire road that you could practice on. Awesome place to camp as well.

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Thanks for all the great info. I actually took a trip down to Pfeiffer Big Sir on the bike for some camping a couple of weekends ago. I may head down this weekend and to Hollister after Turkey day.
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Thanks for all the great info. I actually took a trip down to Pfeiffer Big Sir on the bike for some camping a couple of weekends ago. I may head down this weekend and to Hollister after Turkey day.
Hi, Are you still around or anyone else in the area want to try Hollister?

I just did a bit on firm dirt around Santa Cruz and ready for something more. But would like to go with someone just in case, get stuck, etc
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I've seen dual-sports ride Hollister but haven't seen a V-Strom tackle it. This should be fun.

IMO, Lower Field has the best dirt for the V-Strom. It is hard pack (clay base), and is usually open when it's dry. Upper Field has a few roads that are doable, but much of the dirt is loamy granite and can get pretty deep and unless set up for dirt can be treacherous for a near 500 lb motorcycle.

Lower Field has some wide open trails that are easy to ride. Some are two-way, others are one-way.

If your tires are pure street you should probably stay on the hard pack and go slow... at least until you get used to it. If you have dual-sport tires and suspension is good you should handle the dirt just fine.

Check out this video. They are riding Lower Field. It'll give you an idea of what you're in for.

This is how the dirt bikes ride Lower Field...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvAuE3GPPFo

This is how the dual-sports ride Lower Field...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWSD6Tw2628

Would be a good idea to call ahead and ask the ranger if Lower Field is open. If it's not your riding will be severely limited.

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